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01 May 2008

What Makes Famous People Famous?

"Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3, NLT)

"Normal" people typically want to be close to famous people. You know, touching Roy Orbison's shoe while he's onstage, meeting Michael Crichton at a book signing event, that sort of thing (you may insert a situation with your favorite famous person to make this a little more personal). Many times the reaction in the presence of these kinds of people is stammering, an increased heartbeat rate, a sense of awe, etc.

Why is that?

I believe that we primarily consider people to be "famous" not because they're seen by millions of people, but because they've achieved a recognition and status in the eyes of others that we wish, deep down inside, that we'd achieved.

I'm not saying it's wrong to be a fan of, say, Wayne Newton, but if we didn't attach any particular status to what we did, would we still look at famous people with awe?

3 comments:

Jan said...

Perhaps what we really want is to know that our life really matters and we think that by being "known" this has happened for those people. While they are living they have the knowledge that their life "counts for something". (although I would argue that certain famous people have actually in reality wasted their lives!) I just think that may be what we think deep down. I've met a few famous people and it is always, well, intimidating and uncomfortable. Good point. I'll be thinking on it more.

Christy said...

Weird. I just mentioned Elvis in my blog and you have a cool pic of him on yours. Weird!

You said, "I believe that we primarily consider people to be "famous" not because they're seen by millions of people, but because they've achieved a recognition and status in the eyes of others that we wish, deep down inside, that we'd achieved." I agree.

Preston N said...

I would say this phenomenea is more common than we tend to think. It has been my experience this can and does occur in the church. Pastors and ministers are often "celebritized" by congregants to a point of being idolized or even worshipped. As Christians, we espcially need to be careful not to look to men being our "idol", but rather let us "imitate" Christ Jesus. Paul tells the church of Corinth "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Cor 11:1. Note Paul didn't say idolize the leader, but that both leader and followers imitate Jesus! If we take our eyes off of Jesus, we are then putting our eyes on something else - this then is really the definition of having an "idol" other than God.

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